«The seventeenth-century historian, Louis Sébastien, Le Nain de Tillemont's sixteen volumes of Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire ecclésiastique constitute a monument in the historiography of Christianity. The thirteenth volume of Tillemont's work offers the first modern biography of St. Augustine. Frederick Van Fleteren's second volume of a planned three-volume English translation of this biography renders Tillemont's French text into a smooth, easily intelligible prose that draws the English reader into a fascinating account of the life of Augustine, one constructed from primary sources taken most often from manuscripts. Tillemont's biography is still consulted today by scholars and biographers of Augustine for its rich collection of sources and meticulous effort at historical accuracy. Van Fleteren's translation will become a classic among resource works on Augustine in the English-speaking world.» (Fr. Robert Dodaro, director of the Augustinian Patristic Institute at the Pontifical Lateran University)
About the Author
Frederick Van Fleteren is Professor of Philosophy at LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Internationally respected for his scholarship on Augustine of Hippo, he is the general editor of the series Collectanea Augustiniana. The present volume is the tenth in that series. He has contributed several chapters to these books. Professor Van Fleteren has edited three volumes of Anselm Studies and has contributed to several other volumes in that series. He has edited a volume entitled Columbus and the New World
and a biography of Prince Demetrius Gallitzin. For many years he has served as associate editor of Augustinian Studies
and is co-editor of the critically acclaimed Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia,
which has been translated into Italian, French, and Spanish. He is the author of an ethics text, Fundamental Principles of a Natural Law Ethic.
He has contributed countless articles to philosophical and theological journals in several languages and has served as a publisher and journal reviewer on Augustine of Hippo and Anselm of Canterbury. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge and has three times been a visiting fellow at Fundazione Bruno Kessler in Trento, Italy. A much sought-after speaker internationally, he has lectured at several universities and conferences in North America, Europe, and Asia.